With the ski season not officially open until mid-December here in Chamonix, everything is a bit.... slow. The ski lifts are closed and the high street is empty. The sun manages to get above the high peaks for just a few hours each day. Most restaurants are ferme until the crowds arrive. But I like … Continue reading North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse
Fergus and I headed into the Argentiere basin at a leisurely pace with no real plan and ended up on les Courtes' north east slope, an 800m long classic steep line that sits at just over 45°. After a bit of faff on my part at the bottom (I let my ski slip down … Continue reading Les Courtes: North east face
I went for a solo soul searching mission into the Argentiere basin and ended up on Col des Cristaux, the 'easiest' line on the north face of the basin. I'd been here before, last winter, and it was nice to give it a shot on my own (although there were a couple of other people … Continue reading Col des Cristaux
A quick lap of the most challenging of the variations of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - Grand Envers du Plan. Fresh 30cm of snow on the first two pitches. Summer in the valley.
Björn, Martin and I drove through to Italy yesterday around midday. The idea was to go for a relaxed approach to Rifugio Elisabetta, stay overnight then aim for the much desired north east couloir (Bonatti) on Petite Mont Blanc the following morning. (Plan A) The Bonatti is a beautiful, 1000m long couloir on the Italian side … Continue reading Miage Glacier adventure
A grand day out on skis with Pete Houghton, Bjorn Ingason and Baldric. 20km round trip with over 1800m of ascent, on a traverse of the Col de la Terrasse, Cheval Blanc, Pointe du Genévrier, Vallon de Tré les Eaux. https://vimeo.com/201320515
Adam and I had the idea of skiing a y shaped couloir in-between the col superior de la noire and pointe yeld. On approaching the base of the line it was obvious that it wouldn't be skiable so we decided to go for a short wander up to pointe yeld to discover this new area … Continue reading Small Adventure in the Massif – Pointe Yeld 3560m
Finally. Ever since I came to Chamonix in 2012 I've looked up at Mont Blanc every day and had various summit plans fail for different reasons; bad conditions, work commitments etc, but yesterday, finally, I stood on the summit of the White Mountain. We took the Gouter Route which takes 2 days to summit. The route … Continue reading Mont Blanc via Gouter Route